When I was growing up, my family and I always watched Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C starring Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton. This classic show was a spin-off from The Andy Griffith Show and you can still watch full episodes on YouTube and it's available on DVD. Jim Nabors is a wonderful singer and I thought I'd post his version of "The Impossible Dream" here as a tribute to my father who passed away last month. As I recall, he loved Gomer Pyle...
The show ran from 1964 to 1969. According to Wikipedia, "Gomer Pyle" has become U.S.M.C. slang for "a recruit who continually messes up or needs extra training." But I think Gomer had a wonderful, optimistic, sweet nature and even Sgt. Carter eventually learned a few things from him. Gomer would often say, "Surprise, surprise, surprise!" and "Shazam!"
Here is a list of interesting trivia about the show from www.imdb.com -
My husband and I were able to see Jim Nabors perform in Hawaii when we were there on our honeymoon. He has lived there for many years. I seem to remember that I shook his hand after his show. Hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane!